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Issue 9

IPU Innovation Tracker

The quarterly electronic bulletin from the Centre for Innovation in Parliament

Innovation Tracker

Issue 9

This ninth edition of the Innovation Tracker features highlights from the virtual World e-Parliament Conference 2021 which was held in June 2021. It also includes the IPU's new World e-Parliament Report and showcases parliamentary video innovations from around the world.

Innovation Tracker contributions

We are posting examples of innovation in parliament on Twitter using the hashtags #innovation #parliament. Please join us in using these hashtags, or send us good examples that we can share!

Do you have an example of innovative parliamentary working methods to share in the Innovation Tracker? Tell us about it via this online form or by e-mail to [email protected].

Innovation in parliamentary working methods

Highlights from the virtual World e-Parliament Conference 2021

In June, the IPU’s Centre for Innovation in Parliament organized the 9th World e-Parliament Conference, held virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Conference, run over three days, attracted 650 participants, drawn from 119 national parliaments as well as regional and sub-national parliaments, NGOs and academia. The Conference proved popular, with 95% of participants rating it highly – 57% very highly – and over 90% indicating that they would like to continue the discussion at future events.
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Launch of the IPU’s new World e-Parliament Report

The World e-Parliament Report 2020 documents the experiences, innovations and lessons learned in making sure parliaments continued to function during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report is based on data from 116 parliaments and focus groups involving 49 parliaments. Part one of the Report presents the lessons from the pandemic. Part two provides a detailed analysis of the overall ICT situation
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Showcasing parliamentary innovations

For 2021’s virtual World e-Parliament Conference, the IPU’s Centre for Innovation in Parliament asked parliaments what digital innovations they were particularly proud of. As a result, 14 parliaments shared their innovations in what we called the Parliamentary showcase.
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Latvia’s move towards an electronic parliament: The e-Saeima

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Latvian parliament (Saeima) was forced to adopt digital innovations at a speed never witnessed before. In order to ensure that legislators were able to fulfil core parliamentary functions while adhering to physical distancing requirements necessary to limit the spread of the virus, a holistic technological solution was developed, called the “e-Saeima”.
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Engaging Tunisian civil society and promoting participation in the work of parliament

The Tunisian Assembly of People's Representatives has established a comprehensive digital platform dedicated to engaging civil society and promoting participatory democracy in lawmaking and oversight. The platform allows interaction between civil society and elected representatives through five online spaces.
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South Africa’s digital innovations in a time of pandemic

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the South African parliament was quick to adopt digital innovations to ensure continuity of parliamentary functions. Parliamentary meetings were held entirely virtually or in a hybrid format.
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Legislative impact analysis and post-legislative scrutiny at the National Assembly of Nicaragua

The National Assembly of Nicaragua has introduced a legislative impact analysis tool to support the work of MPs and committees in legislation making and post-legislative scrutiny activity. The tool allows for the recording of impact indicators for policy implementation, generating quantitative reports and analyses.
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Updates from the hubs


New videos

ICT governance hub
Open data hub

As part of the World e-Parliament Conference 2021, new videos are available for all our thematic innovation hubs.

ICT governance hubOpen data hubTransparency

New videos

East African hub
Hispanophone hub
Southern African hub
Pacific hub

As part of the World e-Parliament Conference 2021, new videos are available for some of our regional innovation hubs.

East African hubHispanophone hubSouthern African hubPacific hub